You might have been in this situation before: You are in a group and want to bring something up but nobody hears you. You try again but again nobody hears you?
What is going on? Are you in a bubble?
Sometimes people focus so much on the person that is already speaking that they subconsciously filter out the rest. They don't do this willingly or consciously.
What can we do?
There is something that breaks trough those barriers. There is a word that you can say that breaks trough almost all barriers.
Ever been in a very crowded place and heard somebody call your name trough all the noise? Isn't that amazing? Trough all the noise you automatically zoomed in on your name.
From the moment that we were born we are learned to pay attention when somebody calls your name. Your parents trained you in this and later when you are with friends in a cafe, party or event and a friend calls your name you automatically focus your attention on that friend calling you.
How can we use this optimally?
Say the persons name clearly and just a bit more loudly than usual but don't shout.
Pause and wait until you see you have the attention. Don't start talking straight away. Wait until you have the attention and focus of that person then say what you want to say.
But what if you don't have the name of the person?
Then you can use one word strongly to draw attention, like "Hey" or "So". You can say it with such enthusiasm just as Archimedes said: Eureka!
Then wait for the attention or focus to come to you again and say what you want to say.
If you see you don't have the attention. Repeat the name or word again and pause.
This simple method will save you a lot of frustration, time and energy trying to be heard. Have fun.